ETHIOPIA MAKES GOOD OF PROMISE FOR VISA ON ARRIVAL
(Posted 03rd November 2018)
Ethiopian Airlines, besides the country’s tourism industry, is seen as the biggest beneficiary of the new Visa on Arrival scheme for Africans from an AU member state.
The development is in line with the country opening up and more aggressively promoting Ethiopia’s tourism attractions, besides Ethiopian Airlines having started to offer stay-over packages for passengers in transit. The latter was banking on the launch of the new Visa scheme to make a success of it.
The new service was launched at the headquarters of the African Union Commission in the presence of the African Union Commission Chairperson, Ethiopian high government officials, African Ambassadors residing in Addis Ababa, Tewolde Gebremariam, the CEO of Ethiopian Airlines Group, invited guests and media. Addressing the gathering, Ethiopian Group CEO Mr Tewolde Gebremariam said, “It is truly an honor and a special privilege to witness this historical and truly inspirational day. Ethiopian Airlines has been brining Africa together and closer to the world for over 7 decades. Today, Ethiopian flies to 60 African destinations and connects the continent to over 50 major international cities in 5 continents. Visa on arrival for fellow African brothers and sisters and more importantly, visa online will greatly boost cross-border tourism, trade and investment, further deepening African integration.”
Throughout its seventy plus years of service, the pan-African carrier Ethiopian Airlines has been bringing Africa together and closer to the world. Thanks to its unwavering commitments and efforts to bridge the air connectivity vacuum in the African skies, today Ethiopian serves 59 cities across the continent, commanding the lion’s share of the intra-African network.
It is also remembered at this moment that the Ethiopian Immigration and Nationality Affairs Main Department, in collaboration with Ethiopian Airlines, launched an e-visa service for all international visitors to Ethiopia in June.